A Trio of 'Lion King' Albums Crowd Top 10 on Soundtracks Chart, Led by Beyonce's 'Gift'
Plus: The 1994 “The Lion King” album returns to the Billboard 200 chart after more than 20 years.
The top 10 of Billboard's latest Soundtracks chart, dated Aug. 3, is brought to you by all things The Lion King, as three companion albums to both the new Disney movie and the same-named 1994 animated film populate the region.
Beyoncé’s new The Lion King: The Gift project opens at No. 1 on the tally, earning 54,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 25, according to Nielsen Music. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Records’ new The Lion King soundtrack climbs 4-2 on the tally with 22,000 units earned (up 46%), and the same label’s soundtrack to the 1994 animated film pounces 13-9 with 7,000 units (up 48%).
The Soundtracks chart ranks the most popular soundtrack albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
The Lion King: The Gift was released on July 19 via Parkwood/Columbia Records. Beyoncé executive-produced and curated the project and is also a producer on each of the set’s tracks.
The Lion King: The Gift, which boasts Queen Bey performing on 10 of the album’s 14 songs, is billed to Beyoncé & Various Artists. Among the songs on the album: Beyoncé’s “Spirit,” which is also heard in the film and included on the Walt Disney Records soundtrack. The latter includes the rest of the songs heard in the movie (like “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”).
On the Billboard 200 chart (where albums of all genres and classifications rank together), The Lion King: The Giftopens at No. 2, while The Lion King bolts 31-13 and the 1994 The Lion King album re-enters at No. 150 -- the first time it’s been on the list in more than 20 years. The set was last on the tally dated Feb. 24, 1996, after having racked up 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 between 1994 and 1995.